Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree offers students the most extensive study in the fine arts. With over 60 hours in studio art and 30 hours in studio art at the 300 level or above, students will explore numerous art media and at least two areas in great depth. The degree will best prepare students for admission in Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) programs. The studio art courses provide students with experiences in a variety of media including, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, metalsmithing, ceramics, graphic design, digital media, and animation.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is 120 credit hours, 84 of which are fine arts courses. The courses can be broken down as follows:

  1. Campus General Education Requirements
  2. The Fine Arts degree concentration (minimum of 84 cr. hr.)
  • 15 hrs of Art History A101, A102, Contemporary Art, Philosophy of Art, one other 200 or above
  • 12 hours of foundations studio courses (F100, F101, F102, S215)
  • 54 hours of studio courses above the 200 level with a minimum of 30 at the 300 level or higher
  • A senior capstone experience (S400 – 2 cr. hrs. and Y398 – 1 cr. hr.)  must be satisfactorily completed

Total Credits: 120

The Senior Capstone Experience in Fine Arts

The purpose of the senior capstone experience is to provide students with opportunities to demonstrate that they have mastered a depth of knowledge in the major, that they can integrate knowledge within their creative endeavors, and that they are able to communicate coherently.

The capstone experience is made up of the following:

  • An individual exhibition of their representative work reflecting the program goals
  • A written statement about their exhibit, goals, techniques, process approach and influences and course for future direction
For More Information

Contact Fine Arts Professors Minda Douglas Susan Skoczen and Gregory Steel.


Sample Curriculum for the BFA degree

Semester I (15 cr. hr.)

W131 Elementary Composition I (3 cr. hr.)

A101 Ancient & Medieval Art (3 cr. hr.)

F100 Fundamental Studio – Drawing I (3 cr. hr.)

F 102 Fundamental Studio-2D (3 cr. hr.)

F 101 Fundamental Studio-3D (3 cr. hr.)


Semester II (15 cr. hr.)

W132 Elementary Composition II (3 cr. hr.)

Social and Behavioral Science Course (3 cr. hr.)

A 102 Renaissance to Modern Art (3 cr. hr.)

S272 Objects in Time and Space (3 cr. hr.)

S200 Drawing 1 (3 cr. hr.)


Semester III (18 cr. hr.)

M117 (3 cr hr.)

U405 Concepts and Images (3cr. hr.)

A340 Topics in Modern Art (3 cr. hr.)

S371 Sculpture II (3 cr.)

S230 Painting I (3 cr.)

S121 Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)


Semester IV (16 cr. hr.)

S331 Painting II (3 cr. hr.)

S240 Introduction to Printmaking Media (3 cr. hr.)

L100 Humans & the Biological World (3 cr. hr.)

S301 Drawing 2 (3 cr. hr.)

M 133/134 (4 cr. hr)


Semester V (14 cr. hr.)

S215 Digital Media Studio (3 cr. hr.)

S260 Ceramics I (3 cr. hr.)

Social and Behavioral Science Course (3 cr. hr.)

Physical Science w/ lab (5 cr. hr.)


Semester VI (15 cr. hr.)

Ethics and Civic Engagement (3

S330 Digital Media Studio II (3 cr. hr.)

S431 Painting III (3 cr.)

S280 Metals I (3 cr. hr.)

S441 Printmaking III Relief (3 cr. hr.)


Semester VII (15 cr. hr.)

T320 Video Art (3 cr. hr.)

Cultural Diversity Course (3

S471 Sculpture III (3 cr. hr.)

S381 Metals II (3 cr. hr.)

P346 Philosophy of Art (3 cr. hr.)


Semester VIII (12 cr. hr.)

S400 Independent Studio Projects (3 cr. hr. – Capstone)

P490 Special Projects-Advanced Figure Drawing (3 cr. hr.)

S344 Printmaking II Silkscreen (3 cr. hr.)

A200 Topics in Art-Foreign Study of Italian Art (3 cr. hr.)


Total = 120 cr. hr.